What a villain is going to do matters more than what they’ve already done.
A character’s motivation tells us why they’re doing what they’re doing.
Clashing themes and inconsistent tone can ruin a great story.
Many storytellers neglect attraction in their rush to get the characters dating.
The best monsters have novelty: something fresh and interesting to offer.
We've reboozled the fintoozler to find silly examples of terrible technobabble.
Revenger's setting is both intriguing and highly confused.
Lack of plot focus in a story leads to convoluted and unpleasant detours.
An unsatisfying ending ruins the lasting impression a story leaves.
It’s challenging to maintain reader interest across multiple books.
Prologues are almost always meaningless and disconnected mistakes.
Meta commentary on storytelling is often pompous, harmful, and incorrect.
Ugh, why do stories have to be so political?
Pulpy scifi action can go hand in hand with relevant commentary.
What’s the point of cheering for the good guys when their victory is inevitable?
Without real problems for characters to confront, emotional arcs lack substance.
Lack of consideration can lead to underpowered abilities.
Love triangles have a bad reputation, but they can create compelling romance.
Sometimes a story is created as one thing, but you want to make it into another thing.